Flying Microrobots Are Upgraded With New Artificial Muscles

Over the years, researchers at MIT have been developing aerial microrobots—tiny, insect-sized robots that can fly around and perform tasks—and have just revealed a big upgrade. The latest version utilizes a new fabrication technique that allows each bot to operate on 75% lower voltage and carry an 80% heavier payload. This technique creates soft actuators that act as artificial muscles around each bot’s four sets of wings. …

World’s First Living Robots Can Now Reproduce

Last year, researchers in the US created the world’s first living machine, called xenobots. Composed of bundles of stem cells from the African clawed frog (xenopus laevis), the new life form was programmed to accomplish tasks and move microscopic objects around. Now, they can reproduce. “One [xenobot] parent can begin a pile and then, by chance, a second parent can push more cells into that …

Deluxe Eco Robotics Kit

With 250+ parts, this robot kit (intended for children age 10 and over) is perfect for aspiring engineers and DIY enthusiasts. Kids will learn spatial reasoning and engineering knowhow while building their robots, which can be assembled, dismantled and recreated over and over. Beyond practical skills, children will develop their imaginative and creative abilities, too. Entirely solar-powered, there are no batteries needed—just sunshine and an …